Sam Allardyce left the Newcastle training camp last Sunday to a secret destination to attempt to sign a player he had reported to have been pursuing.
Yesterday it was revealed the player was Habib Beye from Marseilles and that Sam had one-on-one talks with Beye in order to convince him to join Newcastle.
We wonder if there was more to this story.
We are now hearing of course that Beye wants to stay at Marseilles and it looks like that particular transfer deal will not happen, unfortunately.
However, we feel there is more to this than just one signing – and would not be surprised if Allardyce had actually met with Deco of Barcelona in an attempt to convince him to leave the Barcelona sun for the Newcastle sun -when it shines. 😀
We still believe there is a reasonable chance that Sam can come up with a coup and sign a big player like Deco. Two other players at Barcelona â€“ Edmilson and Gudjohnsen are also interesting Sam â€“ and we think at least Edmilson will eventually join Newcastle in January. If Oba Martins decides to leave Newcastle â€“ don’t be surprised if Sam steps in to sign Eidur Gudjohnsen for Newcastle.
In the last week or so Deco has been linked with a move away from Barcelona and Big Sam has managed to tempt stars to join him before at Bolton. It should be an easier sell at Newcastle â€“ although still difficult – given we will not have European football next season. Difficult but not impossible.
During Sam’s time at Bolton he struck multiple deals with foreign players you would find it hard to believe wanted to play at Bolton. Sam’s persuasive powers, man-management and organization skills are that good. If Sam does manage to sign Deco it will be a phenomenal coup for Newcastle, and could help put us on the world football map â€“ a goal that Ashley and Mort have voiced several times.
It may be a long shot we agree – and there are probably more things against the deal than for it – but stranger things have happened in football.